Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship

Since 2011, WPC has awarded its annual Jennifer Dunn-Thomson scholarship to a female college student who embodies the late Congresswoman's values of leadership, commitment to public service and personal values. Up to $15,000 in total scholarship funds will be awarded and recipients may use the money to pay for tuition or an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. WPC will help the recipients with an internship placement with a member of Congress.  

Past scholarship winners have used the funds to do incredible things and have become great additions to our organization.

Download a flyer for the scholarship here.


Applicants must be female, Washington residents and enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the 2022-2023 academic year. They must at least be finishing their second year of education at an institution of higher learning. Applicants must hold an above-average GPA with good oral and written communication skills.

Applicants do not need to be members of Washington Policy Center in order to be eligible. 

To Apply

Please submit the following items to our scholarship portal: resume, college transcript, two letters of recommendation and a writing sample from a public policy course you have taken or something applicable. In addition, you must provide a brief, one-page essay to answer the following questions: How would you benefit from receiving this scholarship? How would it allow you to honor the legacy of Jennifer Dunn? Please indicate in the essay if you would like to use the grant toward tuition or for a Congressional internship.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2022

Washington Policy Center awarded the 2021 Jennifer Dunn-Thomson scholarship to Olivia Johnston of Spokane, Washington. She is using the scholarship towards her tuition at the University of Idaho College of Law in Moscow, Idaho.